Who was Khufu and what do his accomplishments offer African-American men and all black men across the diaspora? His accomplishments offer guidance, hope, and stability.
Khufu was the 4th Dynasty (2613-2498) pharaoh who built the Great Pyramid of Giza. Also known by the Greek name, Cheops through a late period of Greek influence on Egypt, the name "Khufu" is the original ancient Egyptian name for this king as demonstrated by his own cartouche.
Khufu was the son of another great pyramid builder, King Sneferu and his mother was Queen Hetepheres. King Sneferu is remembered as a benevolent ruler, but Khufu is believed by some to have been a more ruthless and tyrannical. Even so, his monumental achievements in erecting the largest of pyramids at Giza, are unprecedented.
Khufu reigned for nearly 25 years and demonstrated a commanding ability to organize and mobilize workers. The Great Pyramid stands as symbol of the ability of Khufu to lead and coordinate his people. This structure, which is composed of of nearly 2.5 million stones, is an ancient symbol of sheer power and aptitude.
The average weight of each stone is over 2 tons and most of the stones that make up the ceiling fixture in the King's Chamber, weigh in excess of 9 tons. The Great Pyramid mortar joints are consistently 1/50 of an inch, which is incredible craftsmanship, considering that of the two million plus stones that makeup the pyramid, no one stone weighs less than a ton.
At an original height of over 480 feet (145 m), the pyramid stands as one of the world's greatest, unexplained accomplishments. To this day, the actual movement and placement of the stones is considered a mystery.
Khufu's development and building of The Great Pyramid is a true symbol of the essence of Black men. The pyramid is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world that still stands. It reigned as the tallest structure on earth for 43 centuries and it is one of the oldest on earth. Without a doubt, it is also the best built.
Its height represents the body... the temple of a Black man. Its colossal weight and size represents the spirit of not only the Black man, but our African culture.
The purpose of this great structure was to serve as the tomb of Khufu, which is internally centered in the pyramids' heart. This centralization is representative of the introspection, spirituality, will, and aspirations of the black man.